REVIEW: True Lee Loudspeakers BASSBOSS System
By Mike Klasco & Tony Russell
BASSBOSS products are built by True Lee Loudspeakers with plywood enclosures (instead of particleboard or plastic) and specifically designed for DJ use. The parent company was founded in 1999 by Austin, Texas-based subwoofer designers David Lee and Johan van Zyl. According to the company, the BASSBOSS line will “focus on subwoofers and specialty products for nightclubs and mobile professionals that need to meet the extreme and insatiable demands of bass-driven music. Reliability, efficiency and simplicity will be paramount.”
The BASSBOSS product line consists of powered processing speakers, with eight subwoofer models and two full-range very compact “monitors,” which take care of the range above the sub. We checked out the DiaMon monitor models and the SSP215 subs.
The DiaMon DJ112-1500 is a compact, high-output, self-powered loudspeaker. It features a 12-inch woofer with a co-axial 1.4-inch exit compression driver that plays through the center of the woofer. It also includes a 1,500-watt class D signal processing Powersoft amplifier with a full complement of protections, limiters and equalizers that are “tuned” to the capabilities of the speakers. The DiaMon is intended to be mounted on a pole-stand above one or more of the BASSBOSS subwoofers. A unique angle-cut corner allows table placement for use as a monitor without pole-mounting.
The BASSBOSS SSP215 subwoofer is a dual 15-inch sub, powered with a 4,000-watt amplifier. What is unusual is that the amplifier provides 2,400 watts to the on-board woofers. In addition, the amplifier can power a second matching cabinet, providing a total of 4,000 watts.
Field Testing by Tony Russell: When I received the BASSBOSS system, even the truck driver said they looked pretty sharp. I agree—the construction is first-rate.
Set-up of the speakers is relatively simple as with most other powered speakers. One thing to note is the power cables are the Neutrik powerCON connectors. They’re pretty cool for keeping them plugged in, but I would be afraid of losing them—you might want to pick up an extra few to have around, just in case. The speaker poles that fit into the DiaMon units screw into the speaker, but will work with standard speaker stands if you take out the top pole.
The system was being used for San Francisco’s PleasureZone party and they filled the space, as well as a much larger system with 18s. The DiaMon DJ112-1500 compact 12-inch loudspeakers put out a large amount of sound—crisp, clear highs with a nice mid-range. They have four presets, in which to adjust the warmness of the sound based on the type of music you are playing. We pushed these speakers pretty hard and they never clipped or distorted. They sounded great.
SSP215 Subwoofer: This dual 15-inch subwoofer packs a large punch. While the unit is hefty in weight—about 165 pounds—the dimensions are small and compact. The unit fit in the back seat of a Kia Optima mid-size, four-door sedan.
The boom that comes from this unit is amazing. I’d put this unit up against two larger 18-inch powered subs any day. This sub unit paired with two DiaMon DJ112-1500 units will fill a room with rich, deep sound. We pushed the unit with a lot of heavy bass tracks—hip-hop, dubstep and electro. They never clipped, overheated or distorted. We were very pleased.
Overall: The two BASSBOSS DiaMon DJ112-1500 units and the SSP215 provided amazing sound and the entire set-up—along with two turntables, speaker stands and a mixer—fit into my vehicle. This is a testament to the size and portability of the speakers. For DJs on a “space budget,” this is a great solution with its robust highs and deep, rich lows. The prices aren’t cheap. The DJ112-1500 is $2,363 (MAP), while the SSP215 is $4,119 (MAP) as a single box—and in a powered/passive pair they are $3,124 each (MAP). Still, I’d recommend these BASSBOSS speakers to any DJ, club or promoter, and I plan to use them again in the future.
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